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Young Lives is a unique longitudinal study of poverty and inequality that has been following the lives of 12,000 children in Ethiopia, India (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana), Peru and Vietnam since 2001. 

Over two decades of research, Young Lives has generated unmatched insights into the dynamics of poverty and inequality in the lives of the children, from their early years, through adolescence, and into young adulthood. 

Our mission is to deliver ground-breaking research that informs policy on how poverty, intersecting inequalities and new vulnerabilities affect the lives of disadvantaged children and young people and what can be done to improve their life outcomes.


Research Themes

Young Lives core research themes are education and skills, employment, health and well-being and family lives.  Our cross-cutting themes are gender and  intersecting inequalities, new vulnerabilities and methodologies.  Our themes facilitate analysis and better understanding of what life is like for Young Lives children as they navigate young adulthood in a changing world.